Eastern Virginia Medical School Endowed Chair to Receive Distinction in Endocrinology Award

Monday, May 2, 2016 10:38 am EDT


Jacksonville, Fla.
"It recognizes the energy I have applied to making the world a better place one person at a time."

Aaron I. Vinik, MD, PhD, FCP, MACP, FACE will receive the  2016 American College of Endocrinology (ACE) Distinction in Endocrinology Award on May 26, 2016 during the American Association of the Clinical Endocrinologists’ (AACE) 25th Annual Scientific & Clinical Congress, May 25-29, 2016 in Orlando, Fla. 

The Distinction in Endocrinology Award is given to an AACE member in recognition of advancing the understanding of endocrinology through research and education. 

“This award epitomizes my work translating islet and nerve regenerating potential from bench to bedside,” said Dr. Vinik. “It recognizes the energy I have applied to making the world a better place one person at a time.”

Dr. Vinik is the Murray Waitzer Endowed Chair for Diabetes Research, Professor of Medicine, Pathology, and Neurobiology, Director of Research and Neuroendocrine Unit at Eastern Virginia Medical School (EVMS), Strelitz Diabetes Center for Endocrine and Metabolic Disorders. A global leader in basic and clinical neuropathy, Dr. Vinik has defined the heterogeneity of neuropathy, established a need for a modular approach depending on the particular nerve fiber damaged and pioneered immunotherapy for autoimmune neuropathies. 

He has authored eight books – one of which is devoted to islet regeneration – 123 book chapters - and has published more than 600 papers in peer-reviewed, highly reputable journals. In 2002, he received the award for the Virginia Outstanding Scientist by the Science Museum of VA, and the Southern Medical Association’s Seale Harris Award in 2003. He was awarded the Alpha Omega Alpha in 2004 by EVMS students. In 2005, he was elected to Mastership of the American College of Physicians. 

Dr. Vinik served as a member of the National Institute of Health General Clinical Research Center Study Section and the NIH Data Management Committee. He was also Chairman of the American Diabetes Association task force on Nutrition, which established the guidelines for nutritional management of diabetes, and Chair of the subcommittee for the development of guidelines for neuropathy testing and wrote the AACE neuropathy guidelines.

Dr. Vinik’s biography and high-resolution photo are available here.


About the American College of Endocrinology (ACE)

The American College of Endocrinology (ACE) is the educational and scientific arm of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE). ACE is the leader in advancing the care and prevention of endocrine and metabolic disorders by providing professional education and reliable public health information; recognizing excellence in education,  research, and service; promoting clinical research and defining the future of Clinical Endocrinology. For more information, please visit  www.aace.com/college.

About the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE)

The American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE) represents more than 7,000 endocrinologists in the United States and abroad. AACE is the largest association of clinical endocrinologists in the world. A majority of AACE members are certified in endocrinology, diabetes and metabolism and concentrate on the treatment of patients with endocrine and metabolic disorders including diabetes, thyroid disorders, osteoporosis, growth hormone deficiency, cholesterol disorders, hypertension, and obesity. Visit our site at  www.aace.com.


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